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Disney enthusiasts and best friends Francine and Carrie share laughs, positivity and fun on every episode. They cover a variety of topics including trip reports, Disney tips and tricks, special guests and so much more. If you're planning your vacation or just want to some more Disney in your days - this is the podcast for you!
 
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The ladies are sharing "live" updates (well sort of) from the Destination D23 event. There were some 'star struck moments' with Kermit the Frog and Josh D'Amaro, lots of food at Steakhouse 71 and some dancing. Find out what it's REALLY like to attend an event like this. Show Notes: Podcast episode with Elantrice was Episode 81 If you want the backg…
 
Carrie and Francine are sharing their experiences with all the new things they experienced during the 50th anniversary. The new restaurants like Steakhouse 71 and Space 220, as well as some snacks! They discuss their first experiences with Disney Genie and share some of the shopping they did! Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: https://www.Pi…
 
It might have been Walt Disney World's 50th celebration, but Francine had a big birthday too! On this episode of the podcast Carrie and Francine are sharing how the celebration went and what they thought of the new night time spectaculars, Harmonious and Enchanted! Show Notes: The celebratory charcuterie boards were from https://sabrinasdelicacies.…
 
It had been a long 21 months, but Carrie was finally returning to Walt Disney World from Canada. How did it go? Did she feel a lot of anxiety about the testing and the crowds? What was the experience like using Beeper MD for the test to go home? Find out on this episode of the podcast. Show Notes: Beeper MD: https://beepermd.com For the details of …
 
When Carrie and Francine heard that Kelly Younger listened to their review about the Muppets Haunted Mansion, they HAD to talk to him! As one of the co-writers and co-executive producers of the Muppets Haunted Mansion, Kelly had some amazing stories to tell and perspective to give that the ladies hadn't picked up on. Show Notes: Find Kelly online: …
 
As Haunted Mansion and Muppet fans, Carrie and Francine weren't sure what to expect from the new "Muppets Haunted Mansion" on Disney+. In this episode the ladies are sharing their thoughts and some of the details that surprised them! Show Notes: Check out podcast episode 68 where they talked about the fan theory and why they love the Haunted Mansio…
 
Carrie and Francine are sharing some of their favorite spots to grab a bite to eat at the Walt Disney World resorts. These are places that have great food AND resorts that you would want to wander around. And yes, they have great gift shops too because the ladies do like to shop! Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: https://www.PixieDustFan.co…
 
The reveal of the merchandise, food, drinks and treats for the 50th celebration of Walt Disney World were almost too much to handle! On this episode of the podcast Carrie and Francine are sharing their top 5 picks for food, treats and merchandise along with what they are so excited about for their upcoming visit. Show Notes: Thank you to WDWNT for …
 
What's it like to travel to Disney solo when you normally go with a full family entourage? What are the pros and cons when you compare the two experiences? Jeremie is sharing his experience with Carrie and Francine on this episode. Show Notes: Find Jeremie online: Website: https://jeremieatpuremagicvacations.ca Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/je…
 
Lightening lanes and cool drinks, outer space and retro dining, Carrie and Francine are sharing all of the updates and their opinions (and hopes) for their future trip. Plus - what happened with the Finding Nemo news? The ladies have a little soapbox moment about why it's important to them that they remain positive. Find Francine and Carrie online:…
 
Carrie and Francine are answering some of the questions that listeners sent in. Some of the questions they answered: What would a non Disney fan say when they walked in to your house? Do you book through a travel agent? What tours do you recommend? Do you ever do meet ups? The ladies are answering these questions and more on this episode of the pod…
 
The return to Walt Disney World was epic - but there was more to the vacation! The last week of vacation Francine sailed with Disney Cruise Line to the private island of Castaway Cay. In this episode Carrie and Francine talk about what the cruise was like and what precautions Disney took to make sure the guests were safe. After the cruise, it's hom…
 
There were a LOT of questions about Francine's return to Walt Disney World that were not covered in episode 111. You asked and Carrie and Francine discuss it all - how did Francine go for so long? How is she working from there? Would she do a month long trip again? All this and more on this weeks episode. Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: h…
 
With the announcement of Disney's new Genie service, Carrie and Francine had to dive in and share their initial thoughts. How will this change how people plan their vacations? Will it make things better or worse? And are you really going to have to buy a FastPass? Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: https://www.PixieDustFan.com Instagram: htt…
 
In this episode Francine is sharing what it's like to travel to Walt Disney World for the first time in more than 18 months. Carrie has some questions as the friends explore the airport arrival, flight and negative antigen test that was required for entry in to the United States. What did it feel like to be 'home' and when were the first tears shed…
 
In this episode Carrie and Francine are joined by their friend Cheryl who is sharing some bad yelp reviews about Walt Disney World. As Cheryl reads them, the ladies are trying to guess what attraction or restaurant is being reviewed. It's quite comical to hear what they come up with! Show Notes: Find Cheryl’s Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/L…
 
It's the first trip back to Walt Disney World in over 18 months for Francine and there is a LOT to discuss. From testing requirements for the airlines and CDC to resort and food plans, Carrie helps navigate all of the things to consider before Francine leaves. Does PCR equal PCR? The anxiety is pretty heightened for this trip, but as always - the e…
 
Most people plan their Walt Disney World vacation with great care and detail. From resorts and restaurants to attractions and transportation, it's all been considered very carefully. But the one thing that most people don't put a ton of thought in to is the weather! Florida weather can be fickle, what do you do when you're there during extreme heat…
 
There was so much feedback about the top 5 Disney planning mistakes on episode 105 that the ladies had to share more! Carrie and Francine are reading some of the comments that listeners sent in about the mistakes THEY made planning their trips. It's a fun list with some excellent tips that you don't want to miss if you're planning a Disney vacation…
 
It’s time to start planning a Walt Disney World vacation and Carrie and Francine have the best advice! They ladies are sharing the top 5 mistakes that people make when booking their first trip and they’re telling you how to avoid it! You don’t want to miss this insight when you’re planning, even if you’ve been before! Find Francine and Carrie onlin…
 
The episode starts with Carrie and Francine sharing their thoughts on all of the news from Walt Disney World including dining plans, extra magic mornings and evening hours for deluxe guests. Then the topic turns to planning trips and the ladies share what qualities they appreciate most in their Disney travel buddies! Find Francine and Carrie online…
 
Carrie and Francine get a whole new perspective when they walk through Epcot with their friend Angela and discuss her "hidden gems" in the park. Angela sees things a little differently than they do and they're fascinated by the details they missed, the food they have yet to try and the shopping that hasn't been done. The ladies now have a 'scavenge…
 
What attractions at the Magic Kingdom need an update? Carrie and Francine are always positive, but there are a few things that they think could use a little refresher. They both LOVE the Haunted Mansion but there is room for one more improvement! Is there a spot for Meet the Robinsons to fit perfectly in the park? And how are they suggesting the id…
 
After the hype and preparations for episode 100, Carrie and Francine are taking time to review the news that they had missed. They talk about everything from noodles to Fastpasses, Indy turning 40 and so much more. Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: https://www.PixieDustFan.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/PixieDustFan Carrie on Inst…
 
It's episode 100 and it's a celebration! Carrie and Francine are looking back at the first 100 episodes of the podcast and reliving some of the most joyful and funny moments. The ladies can't seem to stop laughing and they include some clips of past episodes that really highlight how far they have come. From their nerves over talking to Bob Gurr, t…
 
What's it like planning your very first trip to Walt Disney World with kids? It's overwhelming. There is an incredible amount of Disney information to sift through, and where do you even start? On this episode Carrie and Francine are joined by their friends Amy and Kimberley to talk about what it means to plan a trip like this, and how you can help…
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine share how they prepare for their Disney vacations. Before the trip there are rituals that they both do like clockwork, they are routines they have created over years of travel. Find out how they prepare, pack and make sure they're ready for their trip. Show Notes: To submit your voice clip to us to use on the pod…
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine contemplate and plan for their return to Walt Disney World. What if they could only go for one day? A grand slam of all four parks - how would they do it? What 3 things would they make as a priority in each park for their trip back? They haven't been in forever, how do they pick? Is it food? Attractions? Are the …
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine explore the news of the BOO Bash coming to Walt Disney World this fall. Why has it been renamed? What will happen with the 50th decor in combination with a Halloween themed event? They explore all of the possibilities along with new character meets at Disneyland, restaurant openings AND what's so great about Lego…
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine talk about all of their "wishes" coming true with the new Disney Wish cruise ship. They review the layout, restaraunts, clubs and entertainment and how much IP is too much? The ladies also discuss what it felt like to see the magic back at Disneyland now that it has reopened AND how they plan to celebrate the 100…
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine sit down for a chat with super fan and host of WDW Radio, Lou Mongello. Lou is a widely recognized Disney expert, author, mentor and coach who really loves what he does! He is charming, funny, entertaining and motivating - you don't want to miss this episode. Show Notes: Find Lou at www.loumongello.com Find Lou a…
 
On this episode Carrie and Francine review the big Disney news this month, according to them! From a fifth key to a pop up shop, they cover it all! Then the two debate and discuss the two must watch shows on Disney+ and if they are binge worthy or not. Show Notes: The inclusion video from Disney: https://youtu.be/QQTij9Rghls Carrie's new hairdryer:…
 
Have you ever wondered what the pros carry with them when they visit the Disney parks? How do you know if you bring too much with you? Or not enough? On this episode of the podcast Carrie and Francine share everything that they carry with them on a regular day at the parks. One carries a LOT more than the other - can you guess who? Show Notes: The …
 
Come along with Carrie and Francine while they virtually walk through Disney's Animal Kingdom. They review each attraction and decide if they love it - or if they leave it. It's a fun conversation full of insights about each and every attraction in the park. Show Notes: Flight of Passage seats - see a full review of how they operate https://pixiedu…
 
There's a new exciting proposal for Disneyland Resort in California that would see some fantastic changes and growth. Disneyland has had it's challenges with getting approvals for new enhancements outside of the confined borders of the current parks. This new plan would bring incredible opportunities, jobs and experiences. On this episode of the po…
 
On this episode Carrie, Cheryl and Francine continue their chat with Terri Hardin, successful puppeteer, artist and Disney Imagineer. From Jim Henson to Dolly Parton and Nicholas Cage, Terri shares some fun stories about the people and characters she worked with. She had so many great stories we had to split the podcast in to two episodes! Show Not…
 
On this episode Carrie, Cheryl and Francine chat with Terri Hardin, successful puppeteer, artist and Disney Imagineer. From the Muppets to Michael Jackson, Terri shares some fun stories about the people and characters she worked with. As we talk about her life she shares experiences from her childhood that shaped her future and prepared her for wha…
 
On this episode Francine and Carrie talk through how different they experience Walt Disney World vs their first visits. There is obviously the addition of resorts, parks and attractions, but what is different about the WAY they vacation? How have they lost the element of surprise and where IS that goat with the 3 legs anyway? Show Notes: Pixie Dust…
 
On this episode Francine and Carrie chat with Cameron Matthews, a former Disneyland and Walt Disney World Cast Member who has been entertaining us all for years. He held a variety of roles from the Hercules Victory Parade, Fantasmic, the Americal Idol Experience and the Hoop Dee Doo Revue - and a whole bunch more. You may recognize Cam from his rol…
 
The Disney community has been waiting patiently for news of "The World’s Most Magical Celebration”. Walt Disney World will be celebrating it's 50th anniversary on October 1st 2021 and the announcment had everyone buzzing. Carrie and Francine discuss what was announced, what it means for each of the four park icons and what they are most excited abo…
 
On this episode Francine and Carrie chat with Julia, a former Disneyland Cast Member who has a unique perspective. Julia Darling (as she's known online) shares some of her magical moments from working at Disneyland as well as her time participating in the Disney Dreamers Academy. After being one of the 28,000 cast members laid off in 2020, Julia lo…
 
We started off the episode talking about Disney community click bait. You know them, the sites that have some slow news days and then they're talking about horoscopes or opinions of the fans on Twitter? That was how we started, but before long we ended up going down the path of the Marvel Universe. On this episode it's very clear that neither of us…
 
We don't always have the fondest memories of things on our Disney trips. On this episode we share the things that we probably won't do again! Show Notes: Find Cheryl's Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LetsMakeSomeMagic Cheryl on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShopLetsMakeSomeMagic Find Francine and Carrie online: Website: https://www.Pixie…
 
You may know Elantrice from her blog or her social media channels as 'dizthrubrowneyes'. Carrie and I got a chance to talk to Elantrice about how she started this journey of sharing her passion for all things Disney. She shares the joy that it brings to her, her fun with 'mean muggin Mondays', some of her experiences at the Disney Expos, runDisney …
 
Disney announced a LOT of news this week, it was hard to keep up. There was the news that 2022 would see the end of the Magical Express, Extra Magic Hours had been replaced and there were no more Annual passes. What does all of these changes mean for Disney fans? How will it change your vacation experience? On this week's episode of the podcast Car…
 
Disney Plus has become such a great source of entertainment for us all, but sometimes we all struggle with what to watch next. On this weeks episode Carrie and I are sharing our top 3 Pixar movies and why we love them. We have very different criteria for what makes a good movie, you might be surprised how different our lists are! Show Notes: Pixar …
 
This week it's all about Hollywood Studios and Carrie and I are taking a hard look at some of the attractions and food options. As we go through them we share our opinions if they are overrated or underrated. Given that Hollywood Studios is so popular right now with the new reservation system, we thought it was a good time to offer opinions about w…
 
I think we can all agree that 2020 is not the year we originally planned. We started off the year with big dreams, and it's safe to say that meany didn't turn out the way we hoped. What is it they say about best laid plans? Even if things didn't go according to plan, there were many things that brought us Pixie Dust that we should be thankful for. …
 
We asked YOU to share how you bring some Disney in to your holidays and we're sharing the ideas you sent in and our own. There's also some chat about the Disney news of the week, the difference between a puppet and a Muppet and our new show art work. From our families to yours, wishing you a magical holiday season. Show Notes: YouTube of the fan re…
 
The Walt Disney Company did not disappoint fans during it's Investor Day presentation for 2020. The 3.5 hour long webcast was jam packed with announcements about upcoming films, series, and plans for Disney Plus that had Disney fans everywhere looking forward to the magic. From Marvel to Star Wars, Indiana Jones to Hocus Pocus - there was something…
 
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